Baby Driver (2017) Review

Director: Edgar Wright

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx

Rating: R

Plot:

Baby Driver follows the story of a getaway car driver known as Baby (Ansel Elgort) who works for Doc’s (Kevin Spacey) heist crew. Baby isn’t an ordinary man though, as he has a drumming inside his head from a car accident as a child and uses the power of music to help drown it out. Through music and a want for adrenaline Baby uses his unique driving abilities to help Doc and his crew complete different heists. Will Baby be able to correct his course or get stuck in a fast lane going nowhere?

What The Film Did Well:

Let me start off by saying that Baby Driver is absolutely incredible! It does so much well and executes almost every aspect to perfection. I’m going to start on how this movie was shot and the cinematography. Some of the camera work was amazing to watch and had such an Edgar Wright style and feel to it and fit so freaking well for Baby Driver. With the cinematography, it wasn’t just great in some of the car scenes, but even when the character of Baby was doing some of his walking to music down the street it just had a certain quality to it that really had you invested in the movie.

Along with the cinematography, the choreography in Baby Driver is over the top in a good way and had near perfect execution. The car chases were so fun to watch and to me, were better than chases in other car based action movies such as the Fast & Furious films. There was some solo dancing involved and even the choreography with that and the mixture of this soundtrack throughout the entire movie was fun to be a part of and helped bring the movie to fruition.

Baby Driver goes at such a fast pace it grips you and you are invested from opening scene until the very end. There are very few times throughout this movie where it taps the breaks, and when it does it’s hardly noticeable. Baby Driver is not just a fast-paced action movie like its counterparts; it has emotion and intelligence within itself as well. It does not become the type of action movie that needs to get to the next big scene, but when those big payoff scenes do occur they are well worth it and keep you on the edge of your seat in the same ways a suspense thriller would.

Baby Driver does have its own humorous elements as well. Comedy is all about timing, and Baby Driver hits its jokes with a precision that is rare in action movies. None of the comedic moments feel forced and naturality of the smaller jokes had me laughing hard, but never took me out or away from the main premise of the movie. Instead, they help progress the movie along, if anything.

The casting in Baby Driver was excellent as well. Ansel Egort (Baby) played a great lead and it wasn’t just through verbal acting, but rather his overall performance and portrayal of his character. He brings a complexity to the character of Baby that I didn’t see coming. Egort is a fucking star and is earning his way into bigger roles and it’s awesome to see such a young actor do so well. Jon Bernthal (Griff) had a minor role, but played it well. Jon Hamm (Buddy) showed that he can act at a high level other than TV shows. Eliza Gonzalez (Darling) played across Hamm for a majority of the movie and was wonderful in her own ways. Jamie Foxx (Bats) was incredible and so fun to root against and was interesting to see Foxx play a more bad character as I am used to him playing more of a good guy type role. Finally, Kevin Spacey (Doc) was amazing, as he is in just about everything. The only negative in the casting for this movie would be Lily James (Debora) who sometimes comes off a little dull and hard to really believe, but still is never bad in Baby Driver.

Finally, Baby Driver brings some small twists throughout the movie. Some are more predictable than others. The predictability of some parts of the movie does not diminish the quality of the movie, but rather enhances it by keeping the audience engaged and on their toes. Parts of this movie caught me by surprise which is really what I love about movies, the surprise factor.

What The Film Didn’t Do Well:

No movie is perfect, and even though I would like this movie to be perfect; there are some very minor parts of Baby Driver that can be considered “flaws”. Parts of Baby Driver lack in the realism department. Although, Baby Driver not being one hundred percent realistic didn’t hinder my experience with the movie, I must be fair. My biggest criticism of the Fast & Furious franchise is it’s so unrealistic and it just wouldn’t be fair for me to do that with one movie and not another.

Another part of Baby Driver where it gets rough, I guess you could say is it slows down in a few parts. In the middle, it slows down for about fifteen minutes right before it picks right back up again. Then towards the end of the movie it feels a little drawn out and maybe overdone just a tad. Although I did really enjoy the ending of the movie and it felt like it came full circle and was an overall fascinating finale, it was drawn out a tad.

Final Thoughts

Baby Driver was absolutely incredible. It was one of the most fun movie going experiences I have had in some time. I give it an 8.9/10. It was the best non-super hero movie of 2017 and the second best movie overall of the year so far. I’ll probably be praising this movie for the rest of the year and hope everyone goes out and sees it, you will not regret it.

Baby Driver

 

 

 

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